Robin Hood of El Dorado (1936)

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In the 1840's Mexico has ceded California to the United States, making life nearly impossible for the Mexican population due to the influx of land and gold-crazy Americans. Farmer Joaquin ... See full summary »


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29 March 2007 | bkoganbing
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| Legend of Old California
Two later versions of the story of Joaquin Murietta with Jeffrey Hunter and Ricardo Montalban stuck closer to the truth about the famous bandit from the California Gold Rush Days. But certainly Warner Baxter, dusting off his Cisco Kid accent certainly made a dashing Murietta.

I'm not certain why Gilbert Roland who was always a personal favorite of mine didn't play this part, it seems like something he was born to do. Though Baxter's portrayal is honest and sincere I doubt that Latino groups today would let a Warner Baxter play Murietta any more than they would have him play Cisco Kid.

California was the most heavily populated of the area that was known as the Mexican Cession which came into the United States as a result of the Mexican War. Even at that American immigration was gradually overwhelming the Mexican population just as their ancestors overwhelmed the largely peaceful Indians in California.

But when gold was discovered in 1849 that was it. By the next year California was admitted to the union it had grown that exponentially. Such depredations as depicted that turned Murietta into a bandit were a fact and interesting that in 1936 that was shown on screen.

Ann Loring and Margo do well as the women in Murietta's life and J. Carrol Naish was just starting on that colorful career of his that had him play every kind of ethnic type on the screen. He made a great Three Finger Jack whose small band of outlaws Murietta takes over by leadership and charisma.

Perhaps Murietta's story such that can be verified is due for a more modern retelling. Still this is a fine version of the story.

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This film's initial telecast in Los Angeles took place Tuesday 13 August 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); it first aired in Seattle 21 September 1957 on KING (Channel 5), in Philadelphia 24 September 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Portland OR 5 October 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), in New Haven CT 9 October 1957 on WNHC (Channel 8), in Honolulu 10 December 1957 on KHVH (Channel 13), in Tampa 12 December 1957 on WFLA (Channel 8), in Phoenix 27 January 1958 on KPHO (Channel 5), in Columbus 25 February 1958 on WLW-C (Channel 4), in Tucson 17 March 1958 on KVOA (Channel 4), in San Antonio 29 March 1958 on WOAI (Channel 4), in Cleveland 27 April 1958 on KYW (Channel 3), and in San Francisco 29 September 1958 on KGO (Channel 7); it first aired in Chicago 23 October 1959 on WBBM (Channel 2), and in New York City 29 August 1961 on WCBS (Channel 2).


Goofs

The film takes place in the 1840s, yet the guns are mostly repeaters which were not in use yet (though a few might have existed). All pistols are clearly revolvers, rifles are repeaters. Yet the Mexican encampment has a storehouse with kegs of powder, and during the shootout there, several people die trying to bring back a keg of black powder as they were running out of ammo, which would have been useless as they needed bullets not powder.


Alternate Versions

The version shown in Great Britain was modified to satisfy the censors. Scenes showing horses falling, the depiction of J. Carrol Naish being shot to death after the fighting scene, and references to cutting off Chinese men's ears, were all eliminated. These scenes are in the Turner library version shown on Turner Classic Movies.


Soundtracks

Oh Susanna
(1846) (uncredited)
Written by
Stephen Foster
Played during the opening credits
Reprised and sung a cappella by Eric Linden and Bruce Cabot
Played as part of the score often

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